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With only six presumed major contenders yet to be screened by these eyes (Unbroken, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, A Most Violent Year, Selma, American Sniper) it's awfully late in the year for there to be so little in the way of clues as to what the full Supporting Actor lineup might look like. In a more competitive year Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Edward Norton (Birdman) probably wouldn't seem like cast iron locks in October. But they do.
In the fantasy world inside my head, the Academy board of governors throws up their hands and admits defeat, making a special ruling that from this day forward there will be 7 Supporting Actress nominees each year and only 3 Supporting Actors because everyone knows that's the »
- NATHANIEL R
Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.
Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.
Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »
- Brian Welk
With this year’s lead actor race heating up to be one of the most crowded ever, it’s a little strange to look over candidates for supporting actor and see a lot of empty space.
Which is not to say there aren’t some amazing performances in the mix. J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) and Edward Norton (“Birdman”) are considered locks for a nod, and all are outstanding in wildly different and breathtaking performances.
Beyond that, there are a lot of great performances but few sure things. Ethan Hawke delivers beautifully subtle work in the beloved “Boyhood,” and seems a good bet to land his second acting nomination. Robert Duvall’s name has been bandied about for “The Judge,” but that has more to do with him being Robert Duvall than praise for the performance. The rest is attributed to movies that have yet to screen or truly build buzz. »
- Jenelle Riley
Alessandro Nivola will next be seen on the big screen in J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year with Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Albert Brooks. Bradley Cooper, with whom he worked on David O Russell's American Hustle and Patricia Clarkson will come to Broadway to co-star with him in Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man directed by Scott Ellis.
When I showed up to have a conversation with Alessandro on his upcoming adventures - including Doll & Em with Emily Mortimer - Ethan Hawke and playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman were having breakfast with him. Robert Redford's commanding performance in and integrity surrounding Chandor's riveting All Is Lost and Warren Beatty's with Reds turned into »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Based on Jeanne Marie Laskas' GQ article 'Game Brain', the drama tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), a forensic neuropathologist who was the first to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in NFL football players.
Smith will soon be seen in Focus, »
Luke Wilson (Idiocracy) is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Sony's upcoming football concussion movie, which stars Will Smith and produced by Ridley Scott. The movie has yet to get a title. In addition to the two actors, the cast also includes David Morse, Arliss Howard, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article "Game Brain." Smith is set to star as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. As he blows the whistle on player injuries, Omalu's quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports . and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of pro sports. »
A few casting notices to report: Bryan Cranston is attached to star in The Infiltrator, an adaptation of Robert Mazur’s autobiography directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the untitled NFL concussion drama directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland). Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw, and Paul Reiser also star. Billy Crystal will write, produce, and star in Which Witch, an animated movie from the Jim Henson Company directed by Brian Henson. Hit the jump for more on each project. Variety reports Cranston is attached to play federal agent Robert Mazur (aka Bob Musella) in the adaptation of Mazur's autobiography The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellín Cartel. Here's the book synopsis: Federal Agent Robert Mazur spent five years undercover as a money launderer to the international underworld, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Luke Wilson is in negotiations to play NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Sony's untitled football concussion movie, which stars Will Smith and is being produced by Ridley Scott, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Additionally, David Morse and Arliss Howard have closed deals to join the ensemble, which includes Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Paul Reiser. A representative for Sony had no comment on Wilson's casting. Also read: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Pens Long Letter to League Owners: We Did Not See Ray Rice Video Peter Landesman is directing the movie, which is based on the GQ article “Game. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Saturday Night Live” returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived “Weekend Update” and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way back in 1975: The expected.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt altered the opening proceedings slightly when he gave a monologue that eschewed the traditional words about how great it is for the host to be in New York City, but then ended the segment on a business-as-usual tone by playing a ditty about hosting the program while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
From there, the show – as it does most weeks – bounced along. Sketches featuring Taran Killam and Pratt as sexually hyperactive cartoon superstars He-Man and the Thundercats’ Lion-o was just strange enough to warrant a laugh and a fake commercial lampooning Marvel superhero movies was an obvious success. »
- Brian Steinberg
The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …
Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.
Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »
- Samantha Highfill
"A Most Violent Year" is currently the dollar bid on "Price Is Right." Set for release at the tail end of December, A24 positioned J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" follow-up as the last awards contender of the year. But don't think the film will be hustling behind the competition: American Film Institute announced today that "A Most Violent Year" would have its World Premiere on Thursday, Nov. 6, as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014, giving it nearly two months to slow boil that buzz. A recent trailer for the "Violent Year" showcased murky scene-chewing from stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, but the announcement gives us a clearer idea of exactly what Chandor's up to. Set in Winter 1981, the film tracks Abel and Anna Morales (Isaac and Chastain) as they "attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag »
- Matt Patches
Ty Burrell just scored his second Emmy for playing oblivious but lovable Phil Dunphy on “Modern Family,” but he can be seen on the bigscreen in a very different role — as a closeted gay man in the Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” opposite Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
How did the “The Skeleton Twins” come your way?
I’m a fan of the Duplass Brothers, who were producing, so I accepted; I guess they saw my inner repression. Actually, I loved the script, and I loved that Bill and Kristen were doing something
so different. It’s not something I’ve played before, either.
After Phil Dunphy, do you worry about typecasting?
It’s hard to worry too much about that when you’ve spent the bulk of your career unemployed. I’ve had a stable job that I’ve loved for six years. I will take that in exchange »
- Jenelle Riley
J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at La’s AFI Fest.
J C Chandor’s anticipated drama A Most Violent Year will get its world premiere as the opening night gala of AFI Fest, set to run from November 6-13.
The film is expected to become an awards season contender and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks in the 1980s-set story about a couple trying to realise the American Dream against the backdrop of one of the most crime-ridden winters in New York City history.
“J C Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level”, said AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga.
“Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A Most Violent Year is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival »
J.C. Chandor’s only got three feature films under his belt, but there’s a good chance every single one of them will wind up with some awards season glory. His feature directorial debut, Margin Call, earned him a Best Writing Oscar nod, then All Is Lost scored Robert Redford a Best Performance nomination at the Golden Globes and now we’ve A Most Violent Year poised to earn some acclaim of its own. The American Film Institute just announced that the movie will celebrate its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014. Hit the jump for more on A Most Violent Year. The film is set to hit theaters on December 31st and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks. Isaac and Chastain lead as Abel and Anna Morales, a couple trying to hit it big in New York City in »
- Perri Nemiroff
There was no real surprise in this morning's announcement that J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year will have its World Premiere on Thursday, November 6, as the Opening Night Gala of 2014 AFI Festival. It, along with the likes of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler seemed like the best bets to open and/or premiere at the fest and I still wouldn't be surprised to see the other two added shortly. "J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level," said AFI Fest director said Jacqueline Lyanga. "Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A Most Violent Year is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival and begin the audience's eight-day journey through a landscape of extraordinary contemporary cinema. »
- Brad Brevet
Among our 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders, J.C. Chandor's promising "A Most Violent Year" is certainly one that will likely give some of the current frontrunners (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman”) stiff competition. Now, the Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac starring film has a debut set. AFI Fest has announced that "A Most Violent Year" will have its world premiere as part of the Opening Night Gala on November 6th. The red carpet beforehand will see the likes of Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, each co-starring in a movie about an immigrant trying to make his way in a violence plagued New York City in 1981. "A Most Violent Year" opens in limited release on December 31st. Watch the trailer here. Press release below. ----- For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, September 24, 2014 – The American. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The last major film festival of the fall season announced its highly anticipated opening night film this morning, and it is J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. That’s a bit of a surprise for the AFI Fest 2014 Presented By Audi, as it comes from upstart A24, a company looking to jump into the Oscar conversation in a big way with this high profile debut on November 6th at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Since the film itself is being held back for an end-of-year eligibility run beginning December 31, the last possible day to enter the race, this will be a valuable showcase and self-starting slot to get noticed amidst all the bigger-name entries into the awards derby.
- Pete Hammond
J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year will have its world premiere as the opening night film at AFI Fest on Nov. 6. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple contending with the crime-ridden New York City of 1981. Also starring Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, Year will be released by A24 on Dec. 31. "J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level. Chandor is a talented director who takes
- Gregg Kilday
A Most Violent Year Trailer and Poster. J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year (2014) movie trailer, movie poster star Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, and Albert Brooks. A Most Violent Year‘s plot synopsis: “A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
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